Important Policy Changes for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services advocates for national, state and local policy changes that have a major impact on mental health and suicide prevention. We are thrilled to announce that progress has been made on two important initiatives related to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) that we and other agencies have supported:
- To increase the accessibility of crisis resources to people in distress, the Federal Communications Commission has recommended simplifying the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number to 988, adding an option that’s easier to remember. The commission will issue a public notice about the proposed change and will take public comments before it formally votes on the measure.
- California students in grades 7 through 12 and college can now find the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and other crisis resources on the backs of their student ID cards, thanks to a California law that went into effect in July.
“We commend the FCC and the state of California for supporting changes that will make it easier for youth and adults to find help during crises,” says Kita S. Curry, PhD, president/CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. “Now we need to make sure they provide enough funds to handle the expected increase in calls.”